Analysis Of Villanelle By Sylvia Plath

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This poem has been chosen because it is not like an ordinary poem. This is not an average love poem, this is a poem by someone who has had their heart broken multiple times and has now “made up” the perfect man inside her head. After reading the poem, we can detect the rhyme scheme and the repeated sentence that makes this poem a villanelle. A villanelle is a 19 line poem taking shape with five tercets and a quatrain at the end. Usually, the last word in the first line rhymes with the last word in the last line of the stanza; for example red and head (1,3) and said and head (10, 12) Although that is not always the case such as in the third stanza, fade and dead (7,9). Plath has used a reoccurring ending sentence that can be read at the ending of the first, third, fifth and sixth stanzas. “(I think I made you up inside my head.)” does not only pull the poem together by making the rhymes throughout the poem but it also gives us an insight into the writers mindset. With the repetitiveness of this poem it seems that the author has become obsessive over the subject in this poem.

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